Virginia Citizens Defense League: NRA comments don't go far enough

Published: Dec. 22, 2012 at 3:55 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 1, 2013 at 4:08 AM EST
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The National Rifle Association is calling for armed guards at schools across the country. The Virginia Center for Public Safety calls the idea "ridiculous." The Virginia Citizens Defense League claims the idea does not go far enough. Let the debate begin.

"I could have thrown something through the television," said Andrew Goddard who is president of the Virginia Center for Public Safety. "I was furious about it. I was absolutely hopping mad."

The NRA is calling for armed guards at school across the country in response to the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut.

"Lousy idea. Ridiculous idea," said Goddard. "It's a last minute, nothing else works idea."

These statements come from a father who's son was injured in the Virginia Tech mass shooting. Goddard says more guns is not the answer.

"You have all those guns floating around," said Goddard. "You have accidents."

There is always more than one side to a story. We spoke to the president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League. He feels the NRA did not go far enough.

"Utah allows everybody with a permit to carry in a school," said Philip Van Cleave with VCDL. "How many school shootings have you heard of in Utah?"

The VCDL claims to be the only organization to get pro gun bills introduced in every legislative session since 1997. They feel banning "gun free zones" should be a priority.

"You are saying teachers, name it should carry guns in schools?" we asked.

"If you have got a permit," replied Van Cleave. "If you're carrying everywhere else you go...a school is no different."

Charles Willis with Richmond's Citizens Against Crime tends to side with Goddard, but he feels there's an easy compromise.

"We need to look at maybe arming them with Tasers," said Willis. "I think that is something that is more acceptable."

Van Cleave disagrees. He thinks schools should no longer be "gun free zones."

"We've done it their way. We've been doing it their way," said Van Cleave. "And we see what happens. There is nobody there to stop the bad guy."

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